'Locomotive Engine, 'The Rocket', 1830.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

'Locomotive Engine, 'The Rocket', 1830.

© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library


Watercolour drawing, published by The Leadenhall Pres Ltd, 50 Leadenhall Street, London, on 16 July 1894, showing the 'Rocket' being viewed by onlookers outside a country inn. Built by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) the Rocket became famous after winning the Rainhill Trials in 1829. The Rainhill trials were a competition set up to find the most suitable locomotive for haulage on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The Rocket subsequently ran on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (1829-1836) and the Midgeholme Colliery Railway (1836-1840).

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